Our executive director, EK Park, has returned to Korea to continue where we left off on our recent endeavor. The last time she had her boots on the ground, Free Korean Dogs led the shutdown of a dog meat farm operating in Sihueng, Korea, saving its 101 residents from a terrible fate. She oversaw the negotiation of the shutdown, legal contracts to ensure history would not be repeated, preparation of the shelter for intake, removal and transportation of dogs from the farm, demolition of the farm, and the first stage of medical and behavioral assessments in order to determine a plan of action.
A Message from Our Founder, From the Frontlines of Korea
It has been 3 weeks since I arrived in Korea to continue our work from our latest dog meat farm shutdown. Since arriving, I have been busy working at our partner shelters and visiting our dogs at the shelters and training schools. I am taking the opportunity to not only lend a helping hand, but to listen to the shelter managers – their concerns, frustrations, what our dogs need, and how we can do better.
Winter Shelter Preparations
Another year, another winter. While we switch our furnaces from cool to warm, put away our tee shirts and shorts and bring out the winter coats and boots, winter preparations look much different for our shelters in Korea. Unfortunately, they don’t have the luxury of a furnace, or even solid walls for that matter. Winters are a difficult and dreadful time for shelter dogs, but we do our best to make the situation as comfortable as possible.
The Dogs of Weolbong Shelter
“The mountain babies” is what we refer to the dogs who are currently living in the remote mountain regions of Korea in a shelter run by a Buddhist nun. Many of them have been living there their whole lives. All of them have something in common – they all escaped terrible fates. How did they come to live here? They were all rescued by the nun who owns, runs, and cares for dogs at her shelter. For many dog lovers, especially those in rescue, helping dogs is a part of life. But for the nun, it has become a way of life.
Compassion Has No Borders: Kunsan Paws
We are sometimes asked why we focus on helping dogs in Korea when there are so many dogs in Canada and the US that need our help. The answer is simple: compassion knows no borders.
Shelter in Korea Planned for 2017
We’re excited to announce that Free Korean Dogs is establishing a new shelter in Korea. The planned opening date is January, 2017 and there’s already a long lineup of rescue dogs in waiting.